The other significance of the presidential tone is that it strongly suggests that the leadership and associated strategists are confident that Nicola Sturgeon will remain in office even if she's found to have broken the ministerial code. And whatever anyone thinks of her, that's probably just as well, because this is a crucial election for the independence cause and a leadership vacancy a few weeks before polling day could be catastrophic. My theory is that John Swinney would take over on an interim basis as a 'safe pair of hands', because I suspect there would be a feeling that the more adventurous options like Kate Forbes or Humza Yousaf would have to wait until everyone has a chance to draw breath and think the whole thing through. But Mr Swinney has led the SNP into elections before, and the results were underwhelming to say the least.
Meanwhile there's a suggestion that the new Labour leader Anas Sarwar may take on Ms Sturgeon in the Glasgow Southside constituency ballot. Wings is talking up the possibility that he might beat her and that she might lose her seat altogether, due to her only being placed second on the list as a result of the unhealthily secretive 'reserved places' scheme. Spoiler alert: Nicola Sturgeon is not going to lose Glasgow Southside. If anything she's more popular than she was five years ago, and she has an enormous cushion that will see her home even if Mr Sarwar gets a bit of momentum going and starts attracting Tory tactical votes. The main thing his candidacy would say to me is that Labour accept they have no chance of winning any constituency seats in Glasgow at all, and that instead of trying to get him elected as a constituency MSP, they're going for a publicity stunt.